Influence of the Nazis on Literature

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FREE I-PAD!!! Now that I have your attention: Changes throughout history have always marked literary revolutions. The greater the change to the world, the more literature is affected, and there are fewer bigger changes in the course of history than World War II, the catastrophic result of a mentally sick group pursuing an equally sick dream. Hitler’s rise to and career in power resulted in major lifestyle changes that influenced literature published after World War II. Hitler was an anti-Semitic, anti-Capitalist radical, but for years he had no one to impress his ideas on. However, while on government payroll as a political investigator, he discovered the “German Workers Party” to be ripe for the taking (Rise of Hitler). He attended a meeting intending to discover if they had anti-government opinions, but they invited him to join after he shouted down an elderly professor with whom he disagreed (Rise of Hitler). His zeal for politics brought him quickly to the top after he joined, but attendance at their meetings was still laughably low(Nazi Party is Formed). He tried to increase attendance by asking members to invite friends, but attendance barely increased(Nazi Party is Formed). He then placed an ad in an anti-Semitic newspaper, and over a hundred showed up to their first mass meeting in a beer hall, where Hitler gave a speech which was little more than a raging tirade of blame. The crowd, made entirely of blasphemous bigots, was worked into frenzy (Nazi Party is Formed). He continued his career in the party as head of propaganda (Nazi Party is Formed). With his new power, he changed the name of the party to the Nazi Party, and allied himself with anti-Semitic writers (Nazi Party is Formed). He also sought out his A... ... middle of paper ... ...ho was executed by an unknown traitor to humanity. Works Cited Frank, Anne. Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl. Teacher's Ed. Scholastic, 1999. eBook. Narrative Transgression in Edgar Hilsenrath’s Der Nazi und der Friseur and the rhetoric of the sacred in holocaust discourse. Web, General OneFile. Accessed: 7 Dec 2010 "The Nazi Party is Formed." The History Place. N.p., n.d. Web. 12/07/10. . "SS and the Holocaust." US Holocaust Museum, n.d. Web. 7 Dec 2010. "Edgar Hilsenrath." N.p., n.d. Web. 7 Dec 2010. . "The Rise of Adolph Hitler: Hitler Joins the German Workers’ Party." The History Place. N.p., n.d. Web. 7 Dec 2010. "Escapees from Aushwitz." Remember.org. N.p., n.d. Web. 7 Dec 2010. .
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